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Fleet favourites: Popular Hatchbacks 2019

We took a look at most popular hatchbacks for commercial fleets in 2019.

With a reputation for practicality, it’s no surprise hatchbacks are a regular sighting among fleets across the UK. Here’s our run-down of the most popular models of 2019.

1. Ford Focus

Entering its fourth generation, it’s easy to see why the Ford Focus is such a popular choice for fleet managers. The Ford Focus transformed the traditional family hatchback division, becoming far more advanced than its competitors in its swiftness and control. All of the current models have a five-door body, meaning they’re all roughly the same, which suits a wide range of employees. With three engine sizes to consider and a range of body styles and trims to choose from, fleet managers can really personalise the Focus to suit their fleet.

BIK rates for the Ford Focus:

From 22% (2018/19), 25% (2019/20) and 26% (2020/21)

2. Volkswagen Golf

As one of Volkswagen’s best sellers, the Golf is known for its flexibility, quality and reliability. A proven success among fleet managers, the Golf range is equipped with impressive technology, from a stop-start engine to electronic stability control and wireless connectivity. Add to this a premium interior and 380-litre boot and the Golf is a perfect edition to any company fleet.

BIK rates for the Volkswagen Golf:

From 26% (2019/20) and 27% (2020/21)


The ŠKODA SCALA has been proven to be a resounding success for the Czech car manufacturer. Its extensive range of equipment makes it a viable option for all sorts of fleet managers. Features include an 8-inch screen, self-sufficient emergency braking, smartphone connectivity and LED headlights. On the practicality front, there’s additional luggage room in the rear seating area, making the SCALA one of the largest models within the hatchback market. And with a range of five engine variants available, with power outputs stretching from 66 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts, there’s a SCALA to suit every company car driver.

BIK rates for the ŠKODA SCALA

From 26% (2019/20), 27% (2020/21) and 27% (2021/22)

4. Mazda 3

In its fourth generation, the Mazda 3 may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing family hatchbacks available to fleet managers. The Mazda 3 also appeals to drivers, thanks to its fast, direct steering capabilities and its 2.0-litre petrol engine. Add to that a lavish interior, enjoyable handling and workability, and it’s easy to see why the Mazda 3 has become such a hit among hatchback fleets.

BIK rates for the Mazda 3

From 27% (2019/20) and 28% (2020/21)

5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Thanks to a recent makeover that saw the A-Class increase in size, the latest model is now a real contender within the larger hatchback segment. The car’s main selling point is its interior technology that features the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which allows drivers to speak and control multiple functions within the car. And, with an improved smartphone integration system and updated safety features like Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, the A-Class will prove a popular choice among safety-conscious fleets who still want to drive a premium car.

BIK rates for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

From 28% (2019/20), 29% (2020/21) and 29% (2021/22)

6. Honda Civic

Throughout the years, the Honda Civic has seen ten variations and encountered multiple changes, with the latest generation being the largest model to date. Each comes with enhanced performance and sport experience, which continues inside the car with features such as alloy pedals and digital dial radiance. And, while the model retains a sportier look, it’s also designed for comfort, with spacious legroom and plush seating, making it easier to understand why it’s a strong contender among fleet managers.

BIK rates for the Honda Civic:

From 26% (2019/20), 27% (2020/21) and 27% (2021/22)

7. Kia Ceed

In its third generation, the Kia Ceed is a steady choice for fleet managers, kitted out with smartphone connectivity and plenty of dynamic technology and premium features. With six airbags, high beam assist, driver attention warning and lane keep assist, it’s clear that Kia means business when it comes to in-car safety. The new Ceed also comes with a choice of engines, including three petrol variations to choose from and multiple outputs.

BIK rates for the Kia Ceed:

From 35% (2019/20), 36% (2020/21) and 36% (2021/22)

8. Vauxhall Astra

Now in its 7th generation, the Vauxhall Astra retains its original strengths and style, making it comfortably appealing to multiple fleet managers. The brand-new Astra hatchback incorporates a sporty look with plenty of premium features and cutting-edge connectivity. With optional keyless entry and a start system that senses your key unlocking your car from a distance, the Astra understandably appeals to a range of business fleets.

BIK rates for the Vauxhall Astra

From 26% (2018/19), 29% (2019/20) and 30% (2020/21)

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